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Ranking AL East Starting Pitchers

Our week long series of ranking every position in the AL East with the starting pitchers continues.

Starting Pitcher #1

1. C.C. Sabathia, NYY

2. Jon Lester, BOS

3. David Price, TB

4. Ricky Romero, TOR

5. Zach Britton, BAL

Sabathia gets the edge over Lester due to being an absolute workhorse. Sabathia has averaged 226 innings per year compared to 211 for Lester over a much longer career. Sabathia has also outperformed Lester the last two years, with Lester being a big reason for Boston’s collapse last season. Last season, Sabathia had a 7.1 WAR and Lester had a 3.7 WAR. Price had a bit of a down year last year going 12-13, with a 3.49 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP. However, with his outstanding fastball and slider he should bounce back fine. Romero had a fabulous season last year going 15-11, with a 2.92 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP. Despite having a lesser year I will take Price in the long run over Romero. Britton came out firing for the O’s but fell off drastically. The Orioles at #5 on these pitching lists will be a pattern.  Read the rest of this entry

NYY vs. BOS – 5/13/11

 

Lineup:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Pitchers:

Bartolo Colon (2-1, 3.86) vs. Clay Buchholz (3-3, 4.19)

From MLB.com’s Gameday:

Colon prepares for his fifth start of the year after throwing a 4 1/3-inning, five-run clunker in Texas his last time out. Colon pitched 4 1/3 innings of long relief at Boston on April 8, allowing two runs (one earned) and two hits.

The righty is coming off perhaps his best start of the year, albeit one that was shortened to five innings because of a long rain delay. In that win over the Twins, Buchholz allowed two hits while notching a season-high of six strikeouts.

Enjoy the game.

UPDATE 5:28 PM:::

Some quick pregame notes-

  • Rafael Soriano is available to pitch tonight. Whether Girardi uses him or not, we don’t know.
  • Hector Noesi has been brought up from Scranton, and Buddy Carlyle is being sent down.